Urbandale Middle School is in mourning following the tragic passing of Matthew Harper, a dedicated Music and Chorus teacher. This article serves as both an obituary for Matthew Harper and a tribute to the profound impact he had on the Urbandale community.
Matthew Harper Urbandale Middle School Teacher Passed Away
Urbandale Middle School is grappling with the loss of a cherished member of its faculty, Matthew Harper. A passionate Music and Chorus teacher, Matthew’s influence extended far beyond the classroom, touching the lives of students and colleagues alike. His sudden demise on Thursday, February 8, 2024, has left a void that words can hardly encapsulate.
State Representative John Forbes, expressing the community’s grief, shared the heartbreaking news of Matthew Harper’s passing on his social media platforms. In a solemn message, Forbes stated, “This is such a great loss. Matthew Harper, beloved Urbandale music teacher. Our prayers are with the Harper family.” He also provided a link to a GoFundMe page initiated to support the Harper family during this challenging time.
On February 7th, tragedy struck when Matthew suffered a devastating medical episode in his brain, likely a ruptured aneurysm. Anna, his wife, acted heroically, administering life-saving measures and promptly calling 911. Despite swift efforts, Matthew was transported to Iowa City for consultation with a neurological team. Tragically, the team concluded that there was nothing further that could be done, and on February 8, 2024, Matthew Harper was declared brain dead.
Compounding the sorrow is the fact that Matthew’s wife, Anna, is currently pregnant and is expected to give birth in May 2024. This already difficult time becomes even more poignant for Anna and the extended Harper family.
To alleviate the financial burden during this trying period, a GoFundMe page has been organized by Katie Sullivan and Ted Brimeyer on behalf of Anna Harper. The fundraiser aims to provide support for Anna as she navigates this heartbreaking loss while preparing for the arrival of their child.
As the Urbandale community grapples with the profound loss of Matthew Harper, the echoes of his passion for music and dedication to his students linger in the hallways of Urbandale Middle School. This article stands as a testament to a life well-lived and a teacher fondly remembered.
When did Matthew Harper pass away?
Matthew Harper passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2024.
What was Matthew Harper’s role at Urbandale Middle School?
Matthew Harper was a Music and Chorus teacher at Urbandale Middle School.
How did State Representative John Forbes confirm Matthew Harper’s death?
State Representative John Forbes shared the news of Matthew Harper’s death through his social media handles.
How can the community support Matthew Harper’s family during this difficult time?
A GoFundMe page has been set up by Katie Sullivan and Ted Brimeyer on behalf of Anna Harper to provide financial support to the family.